publication . Article . 2015

The (Mis)understanding of Scientific Uncertainty? How Experts View Policy-Makers, the Media and Publics

Catharina Landström; Richard Hauxwell-Baldwin; Irene Lorenzoni; Tee Rogers-Hayden;
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  • Published: 13 Jan 2015
  • Country: Japan
Abstract
Frequent claims that publics ‘misunderstand’ science ignore the contested definition of scientific uncertainty itself. Scientific uncertainty means different things in the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, while public controversies show that these interpretations of scientific uncertainty have different implications for policy and decision-making. This prompts analysis of the ways that experts view scientific uncertainty and how they characterise the (mis)understandings of this uncertainty by policy-makers, media and publics. Experts from diverse academic fields define scientific uncertainty differently depending on their disciplinary backgr...
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free text keywords: Sociology, Discipline, Anthropology, Natural science, Uncertainty, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Publics, Social science, Cultural competence
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publication . Article . 2015

The (Mis)understanding of Scientific Uncertainty? How Experts View Policy-Makers, the Media and Publics

Catharina Landström; Richard Hauxwell-Baldwin; Irene Lorenzoni; Tee Rogers-Hayden;